GRIFFITHS VALUATION OF THE BORO ROAD
LORD MASSEY AND THE TENANTS OF ANGLESBORO
The people of the Boro Road Anglesboro and Lackendarragh.
The journey from the village of Anglesboro to Kilbehenny along
the Boro Road is as beguiling as any you'll find in Ireland. Anglesboro
is in the parish of Galbally. Lackendarragh, on the opposite side
of the Boro Road, is in Kilbehenny. In the midst of the Great Starvation
of the 1840s the road was flanked by a patchwork of fields that
decorated, what surveyors and topographers described as brown and
black clay soil on a yellow-grey clay subsoil.
Massey Lodge in 2000.
Lackendarragh stretches along the valley to Knockaceol, after
which comes Glenacurrane and Geeragh, then Garryvurragha, Castlequarter,
and the village of Kilbehenny. Among the townlands to the north-east
of Kilbehenny are Behanagh, Carrigeen, Loughananna and Brackbaun.
These townlands were the property of Lord Kingston.
The Masseys had acquired their position of supremacy as a consequence
of Hugh Massey's role in suppressing the locals nearby at Duntyleague,
in Cromwellian times. By the 1800s the Massey name could be found
on the baptism certificates of Catholic babies, who would soon be
bearing arms against the British. William Cleary, son of Michael
Cleary and Mary Leary, was baptised on the second of June 1853.
His godparents were Denis Lahiff and Ally Massey. Mary Massey did
likewise in 1885, when Thomas Cleary, son of Denis Cleary and Mary
Condon, was baptised.
The 1830 Tithe Applotment and 1850 Griffiths Valuation records
paint a fascinating picture of life under the Galtees. Above St
Patrick's Church, nestled in more than 230 acres of plantation,
was Lord Massey's residence. The Gallaghers - Daniel, John and Patrick
- leased 290 acres, and Jeremiah O'Donnell, another 111 acres of
mountain from the Lord, that ran all the way down to the boro road,
where Tom Cranith's 24-acre field eyed William Cleary's house and
field across the road under Knockaceol.
Alongside Reverend Laurence Power's Chapel was Daniel Gallagher's
22-acre field, and next to him, Robert Lewis. Those with fields along
the road, were Roger O'Donnell (27 acres), John Condon (35 acres)
and Denis Cleary, whose stone house stood in a one-acre field alongside
Michael White's house and field. These days, John Shaughnessy lives
in a little cottage next to that Cleary field. These Clearys were
cousins of my own ancestors. The remants of a little stone cabin
could be seen here in the early 1970s. It has now totally disappeared.
Opposite the church, in the townland of Lackendarragh, William
Quain held a substantial lease - around 150 acres. The valley running
south from Quain's large holdings took in Knockmagh and Knockaceol
and was brimming with fields and tiny cabins. Under Knockaceol,
on the southern border of Lackendarragh, the Clearys held 39 acres
of arable pasture.
The southern slopes of Knockmagh, about a mile from the
Anglesboro crossroad looking from the vicinity of Massey Lodge. The old Tobin cabin is in the
According to Griffiths Valuation, Lackendarragh totalled 1165 acres
made up of no less than 66 holdings and as many houses, and more
than fifty different family names. Many of the fields were subdivided.
When the large holdings of Quain (150 acres), Richard Galvin (Lots
4 + 5A - 60 acres), Thomas Moher (Lot 12A - 97 acres), John Gallagher
( Lot 44 - 49 acres), William Howard (lot 53a - 36 acres), John
Howard (Lot 56a - 30 acres), William Cleary (Lot 63A - 32 acres)
and the Condons 95 acres (lot 66 a + b) are deducted from the total
we're left with approximately 500 acres spread between fifty families.
On the slopes of Knockmagh were the Heddermans - William, Maurice
and Michael - and near them, the fields and cabins of John Keily,
Patrick Callaghan, Robert Lewis and John Maunsell.
A closer view of what I'm told was the Tobin cabin. I had thought this was a Hedderman cabin. More researcg required!!
A view of the cabin from the Boro Road.
From Knockmagh to Knockaceol according to Griffiths Valuation
Margaret Heelan, John Gallagher, Johanna Maunsell, Joseph Noonan.
Lot 46a - James Keane.
Mary Dannaher, Timothy Hanrahan,Thomas Fitzgerald, William Burns
junior, Margaret Burns, Mary Burns,
Lot 53A William Howard,
Lot 54 a b Edmund Howard
Lot 55 a John Howard - b Edmund Howard
Lot 57a + b William O'Brien,
Lot 58 a Patricia Ahern, Alice Ahern, c Thomas Cronin, d Michael
Lot 59 Alice Ahern,
Lot 60 a David Condon
Lot 61 Michael Daly
Lot 61a Daniel Hanrahan,
Lot 62 a + b Michael Daly
Lot 63 a William Cleary (32 acres)
Lot 64 William Cleary and Michael Daly(6 acres)
Tithe Applotment book 1831 lists Number 54 - 39.1.4 gross acres
- 37.2.30 net - of dairy and tillage in the Townland of Knockma,
Parish of Kilbehenny, Barony of Costlea as being leased by Patrick
and Michael Cleary. I presume allotment Number 54 eventually became
Lot 63 (32/2/1) and 64 (6/1/10) as listed above in the Griffiths
Valuation of 1850.
The 1849 Land Valuation records for Lackendarragh identify the
32/2/1 field as being farmed by William Cleary with 15 perches designated
for a house and office, and the 6/1/10 field as being farmed by
William Cleary and Michael Daly. The numbers 63 and 64 are struck
out and replaced respectively with numbers 54 and 55. It's likely
that these Clearys - William, Michael and Patrick - are brothers.
Lot 65 Michael Staunton
Lot 66 a + b John Condon + Margaret Condon
|Knockaceol (hill of the music) and the Cleary field below. The records show the Condons as occupying 95 cares, which included most of the left hand portion of Knockaceol.
During the famine, the Kilbehenny Parish Priest, the Rev Thomas
Kearney established a relief fund. Among those who contributed financially
were : William and Michael Hedderman - 2 pound each, Richard Galvin
- 2 pound - Darby O'Donnell - ditto - Tom O'Brien - ditto - David
Condon - 1 pound - Edmund Casey - ditto - Thomas Staunton - ditto
- Roger Keily - ditto - William Moher - ditto - Laurence Kent -
ditto - Patrick Galahoe (sic) - ditto - John Lewis jnr - ditto-
Michael Lewis - ditto-
Lesser contributors included:
William Cleary -10 shillings, Michael Daly - ditto - John and Michael
Dwyer - ditto - Thomas Kent - ditto - John Cahill - ditto - - John
Cahill - ditto - Patrick Barrett - ditto.
Although the Earl of Kingston offered 50 pound to the fund, written
correspondence suggests it was never paid. The Countess of Kingston
was listed as offering 10 pound, Lord Massey 5 pound and the Honourable
James King likewise. The total amount raised was 164 pounds.
All that remains of Lord Kingston's Lodge.
Maurice Hanley, his mother Julia, and sister Noelle Hanley
in Massey Lodge in the 1960s.
Jack Hanley bought the property from his uncle in 1939.
His uncle had bought it from Lord Massey in 1911.
|Paul Kelly from Adelaide provided me with this photo of
his mother (1960s) when she lived with the Hanleys in Massey
Lodge. The front gates haven't changed.
Came across your site on 'Lord Massey and the tenants of Anglesboro'
and found it extremely interesting. My gggrandfather Patrick William
Quain, his wife and 7 children left Limerick 1858 and settled
in central NSW. As I am researching my family history (as most
other people are doing) was wondering if you have any info similar
to that article or if you could point me in the right direction.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Michele Hinves(nee Quain)